October Journal

Hello Autumn!

Hallo from Office Twelve Amsterdam where we’re ramping up the gezellig* levels as October marches on and the cultural season gets into full swing. Dutch Design Week has kicked off in Eindhoven with a spectacular programme of events. We’re mesmerised by Bart Hess who will be staging Trance, a temporary nightclub stuck in a state of heightened consciousness. Weird, but fantastic.

Things we’ve loved this month… Jaws in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Big screen. Huge orchestra. Deranged shark. Now that’s entertainment. Also Blade Runner 2049. Catch it at the cinema while you can. It’s a masterpiece.

We’re loving the uno bolt, the world’s first electric unicycle with gyro force technology, a battery that can be charged in 45 minutes, and a range of up to 40 kms.

Our Creative Director, Dan, reckons it makes the rider look like a kangaroo. (Small price to pay in our opinion. Definitely want one.)

Will they inspire a new generation of rail enthusiasts? We certainly hope so. Since working with Virgin Trains we’ve all been totally bitten by the railway bug.

We designed their temporary First Class lounge in Liverpool Lime Street. The permanent full-fat version will be unveiled next year…

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Huge shout out to Senior Creative Designer, Scott, who ran the Leicester Half Marathon last Sunday.

His personal best placed him 124 out of 2104 runners. He said he was chasing sub 1.30 but had ‘nothing left in the tank’. #Running #Hero

Happy Hallowe’en!

Anyone for a Zombie Apocalypse? Mash up 1½ parts mandarin vodka, ½ pt Malibu, 1 pt passion fruit puree, ½ pt white grapefruit juice, ¾ pt cinnamon schnapps, and 2 dashes of Perno Absinthe. Pour over crushed ice, top with ½ pt Cappalletti. Garnish with plastic spiders and severed fingers. Spooky and downright evil.

Uber-cool architecture firm Snøhetta has revealed plans to build Europe’s first underwater hotel and restaurant in Norway.

The design is out of this world but the question we’re all asking is – will fish be on the menu and wouldn’t we feel just a little bit bad eating it in front of an underwater panorama?

Gezelligheid is a Dutch word which, depending on context, can be translated as convivial, cozy, fun, or nice atmosphere, but can also show someone belonging, time spent with loved ones, the fact of seeing a friend after a long absence, or general togetherness …

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